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Bring Your Own Sunshine September 14 – October 27, 2018

Bring Your Own Sunshine September 14 – October 27, 2018 Nancy Daubenspeck, Dana James, David Konigsberg

Kenise Barnes Fine Art is pleased to open the fall exhibition season with a group show featuring three artists for whom nature is a primary inspiration. The timelessness of nature with its mesmerizing rhythm endures as a balm for the soul and a meditation on life and creativity. Each gesture of beauty and sweep of rich color in these painters’ canvases feeds the eye and beckons to the imagination. This same muse moves each artist in very different ways and with idiosyncratic and beautiful manifestations.

on the cover: Dana James, A Chameleon’s Grace, 2018 dye, ink, oil, graphite on sewn canvas, 60 x 68 inches, $9500.

Nancy Daubenspeck’s studio

NANCY DAUBENSPECK Nancy Daubenspeck lives in a solitary valley by a river; nature is ever-present for the artist, permeating her life and work. Byzantine iconography, renaissance fresco, poetry, and calligraphy are also inspirations for the artist’s spellbinding paintings. Daubenspeck works with numerous, extremely thin veils of color and brushstrokes in the Venetian style. Her paint is hand mixed dry pigment in casein (the main protein found in milk) emulsion brushed on muslin stretched over wooden panel. The paintings are meditative and intimate. The painted surface is dry and luminous and rich in physicality, very much like fresco. Her work is about paint and light, how illumination defines and harnesses color, pattern, and form. Daubenspeck’s process is a continual rebalancing of the vibrant glazed layers and marks, the opaque veil, and the geometric composition of the calligraphic brushwork. It is these juxtapositions that are the most provocative aspect of the work. Daubenspeck’s formal education is in chemistry, mathematics and computer science. She has done research in inorganic chemistry, physics, and seismology. She has training in iconography and lacemaking and began painting in earnest in 2006 after an introduction to casein and panel painting at Parsons School of Design, New York, NY.

detail: January

Nancy Daubenspeck, January, 2018 casein and pigment on muslin mounted on panel 46 x 73.5 x 2.5 inches, $11,000.

detail: Garden

Nancy Daubenspeck, Garden, 2018 casein and pigment on muslin mounted on panel 46 x 74 x 2.5 inches, $11,000.

detail: July

Nancy Daubenspeck, July, 2017 casein and pigment on muslin mounted on panel 46 x 46 x 2.5 inches, $7000.

Dana James in her studio

DANA JAMES Dana James’s paintings channel the essence of sound waves, water, and natural light. Inherent in the artist’s evocation of water and land is the implication of “drift”, the state of floating between catharsis and danger, between peace and abandonment, and between fear and diving in. James’s paintings exhibit an exquisite sense of touch. She employs multiple mediums and textures by pouring paint and employing a variety of mark-making techniques; the artist builds meaning and interest through this layering and sometimes by combining canvases and ideas with sewing. Continually investigating and pushing the boundaries between abstraction and representation, James draws on wide-ranging existential themes while referencing the great American tradition of Color Field Painting with stunning originality. Dana James earned her BFA from School of Visual Arts, New York, NY. Her work has been exhibited extensively in New York and throughout the United States. Her work can be found in private and public collections including the ISLIP Museum of Art, Islip, NY and the Collection of Lion Tree Capital in New York, NY. She has been featured in publications such as Art Critical, ArtSpace, and Hyperallergic. Dana James is a New York native currently living and working in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

detail: A Chameleon’s Grace

Dana James, A Chameleon’s Grace, 2018 dye, ink, oil, graphite on sewn canvas, 60 x 68 inches, $9500.

detail: Mop Top (Sprinter V)

Dana James, Mop Top (Sprinter V), 2018 ink, oil, graphite, pigment on sewn canvas 48 x 36 inches, $5000.

detail: The River as the Hand or the Eyes (Sprinter IV)

Dana James, The River as the Hand or the Eyes (Sprinter IV), 2018 dye, ink, oil, graphite on sewn canvas 48 x 36 inches, $5000.

detail: Bedrock (Sprinter IV)

Dana James, Bedrock (Sprinter VI), 2018 crayon, oil, graphite, pigment on canvas 48 x 36 inches, $5000.

detail: Phoenix

Dana James, Phoenix, 2018 oil and encaustic (pigmented beeswax) on canvas 60 x 48 inches, $7200.

David Konigsberg


David Konigsberg’s new work focuses on the most visceral places where nature and humanity meet, conflict, and accommodate one another. As always, Konigsberg’s paintings bridge the divide between art and real life in semi-narrative paintings that are both objective and conceptual. His work occupies a netherworld of image and memory in his very personal narratives, which are not meant to be deciphered but experienced as emotional possibilities. Konigsberg has exhibited his paintings throughout the United States and has been featured in the The New York Times, Chronogram, Wall Street International, and Brooklyn Journal as well as numerous art and culture blogs. David Konigsberg lives and works in Hudson, New York.

detail: Approaching Storm at Dusk

David Konigsberg, Approaching Storm at Dusk, 2018 oil on panel, 23.5 x 24 inches, $3800.

detail: Dusk

David Konigsberg, Dusk, 2018 oil on panel, 35.75 x 36 inches, $5800.

detail: Field Late Afternoon

David Konigsberg, Field Late Afternoon, 2018 oil on panel, 24 x 23.5 inches, $3800.

detail: Lone Cumulus

David Konigsberg, Lone Cumulus, 2018 oil on panel, 23.5 x 24.25 inches, $3800.

detail: Night Orchard

David Konigsberg, Night Orchard, 2018 oil on panel, 36 x 36 inches, $5800.

detail: Racing Cumuli

David Konigsberg, Racing Cumuli, 2018 oil on canvas, 52 x 48 inches, $9500.

Please contact the gallery for images of the work included in the exhibition. Or for images from other series of work by these artists. Kenise Barnes Fine Art offers complimentary consulting services, artwork on approval, delivery and installation services.

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Bring Your Own Sunshine  

paintings by Nancy Daubenspeck, Dana James, and David Konigsberg

Bring Your Own Sunshine  

paintings by Nancy Daubenspeck, Dana James, and David Konigsberg